Talent and labor

Agriculture is facing a severe shortage of labor which, if left unaddressed, will make it difficult for Michigan’s agriculture economy to continue growing and expanding to meet global and local demand for food and other agricultural commodities. Agriculture needs people willing to work and help feed the world.

With an estimated 30 percent of management-level employees in Michigan agriculture expected to retire in the next 5-10 years, their replacements must be found quickly to avert a vacuum in leadership and skills that could hold back the entire industry.

Michigan’s agricultural businesses need talent and labor in a broad range of areas including:
•    crop and soil sciences
•    agri-business management
•    agricultural logistics and transportation
•    animal husbandry
•    fertilizer- and crop-protection materials application
•    site-specific soil sampling
•    process controls in grain elevators

At the same time, agriculture also needs people to work in the fields in jobs that require hard work and long hours during the harvesting and planting seasons, but which also pay well.